But looking at the jump in price/performance, I can't really justify not getting all the info available. I have been reading through threads for about 4 hours now and while it is all a bit jumbled at the moment, I definitely have more understanding than I did before shadyj pointed me to the DIY forum to solve my subwoofer problem.
Quote from original topic that got me pointed here:
Greetings! First I would like to say that even after I post this, I will continue to do independent research on the topic but that I feel I would be silly not to spread my feelers and include any potential help out there in the interim until I find "the sub" for my room.
Budget for the total system is technically $5k, but I can stretch that out if I have a good enough reason/supporting argument to bring to the 'boss'. The budget includes all equipment. I figure I would allot about $1k for the subwoofer and have been searching in that area.
Room size is just a touch over 3,000 cu.ft at 15x17x12 and will primarily be used for movies/big sporting events (60%), with games (20%) and music (20%) comprising the rest.
(edit: I do love my bass. I definitely want to feel every explosion, every drop in dubstep/whatever music.)
I have been looking at the HSU VTF-15H and the Rythmik FV15HP. The premium on the Rythmik does concern me a bit, but I don't mind paying for quality. Any extra I spend here will have to come out somewhere else, so I obviously have that to deal with. I am tentatively aiming at a JVC DLA RS46 which will eat about half of that, so you can see why I want to keep the cost around $1k if possible.
I have no qualms with a DIY approach as I have seen many people suggest that you can do this (possibly twice over) for the same price and get much more value. I have zero experience in this part of it, but I do have experience with woodworking as well as the tools I would need (I think, I can't imagine not having what I would need). I don't want to sacrifice quality for cost, and building enclosures etc is all new territory to me, so that part is my main concern with this route.
Thanks in advance and I look forward to any suggestions you all have.
I do have glass in the house, as well as things mounted on the walls/etc, so going absolutely nuts isn't an option. I do want to be able to let the bass massage my body and impress the random visitor, though.
I have some amount of experience in working with wood/tools and members of my family can certainly pick up any slack I have there. I am completely new to this idea, though, and that scares me a bit. I could certainly use some guidance here if anyone is willing to hold my hand a bit for the preparation, or at least point me to what I will need.
SI 18" D2 seems to be a good option for getting huge bang for your buck. Given my budget, what do you guys think my options are? If I don't have to spend all of my allotted money, well... let's just see what is available to me before I worry too much about that I guess.